A labradorite moment

Jewelry, Jewelry making

Oh so busy at this time of year! Where do the days go? Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the things I recently finished. Three happen to feature labradorite stones, so I guess it’s fair to say I’m having a labradorite moment. It’s actually a perpetual favorite of mine. I love the shimmer and flash – subtle yet spectacular if the light is right. Three pieces I finished today:

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Back in the studio, inspired by fall

Rings

I know, I’ve been missing in action for far too long. I have a million excuses….

Just wanted to report on my last show of the summer – the Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Festival in Toronto. It was three days of great fun and non-stop crowds milling through the park where 190 of us were displaying our wares. A first outdoor show for me and a real learning experience! Setting up a tent, dealing with the damage caused by an overnight rainstorm, meeting all sorts of interesting shoppers and artists and making a good number of sales. The challenge was not to buy everything else there….

Here are a few pieces I’ve created since then, plus a shot of my tent at Cabbagetown Festival. Loved the shadows of the tree:

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New earrings – and a pricey lemon

Rings

I live 20 minutes north of the U.S. border and, like most of us who live around here, I cross it fairly regularly. Usually, it’s incident-free. Today was the exception for my 80 year old parents, though. I was working on earrings in my studio, when I got a call from them. They were in their car, somewhere in Vermont. They left this morning on a road trip and were asked at the border whether they had any citrus fruit with them. They replied, no, they did not. The border official then proceeded to find a rogue lemon in the back of their car. They were pulled over, fully interrogated, scolded, and held up, then finally ordered to pay a $300 fine! After their initial fury subsided, and they got back on the road, they started to find some humour in it and called me to rant about it. 

That’s an aside, though. I’ve added some fun earrings to the collection, plus a lovely summery aqua chalcedony ring. Cushion-shaped stone and beautiful milky aqua, like the sea.

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Busy pre-holiday times

Earrings, Gemstones, Jewelry, Jewelry making, Rings

Here I am again – two days in a row! This, despite the Xmas/holiday rush! It’s definitely a busy month in the jewelry biz, and I’m enjoying making lots of fun additions for my shop, as well as taking my usual custom orders. Takes a bit of juggling, which I quite like. Perfect for those of us with short attention spans! We get to flit from one activity or project to the next and back again. Here are a few things I completed today:

chalcedony ring in sterling

AAA rose-cut aqua chalcedony in sterling

Peruvian blue opals

Peruvian blue opal & sterling earrings

Yellow diamond ring in 14K yellow gold

Yellow rose-cut diamond in 14K gold

 

Boy, is my face red….

Rings

It’s with great shame that I must admit it’s been over six months since my last post. But I really do have excuses! I’ve been ultra busy with my move a year ago back to my home village in Quebec and renovating the farmhouse where I now live. I’m happy to say, though, that I have been busy at my jewelry throughout it all and have set up a really lovely studio in an upstairs bedroom for now. Also went to NYC in June to take a fantastic course at the Jewelry Arts Institute in granulation. You know, like the ancient Etruscans were big on. It was incredible and I learnt a lot.

Here, meanwhile, is a sampling of some of my recent pieces, which continue to end up in my Etsy shop (lechiennoirjewelry.etsy.com), as well as at Studio Georgeville, here in the village.

A natural Ethiopian welo opal in sterling

Flashy Ethiopian Welo opal ring

Fan earrings in sterling

Sterling fan post earrings

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White blue opal post earrings

Sterling silver leaf ring, alternative wedding band

Leaf imprint band